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Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Academic Edition, 14th Edition


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  • NEW - Comprehensive, thoroughly updated coverage of the latest technologies, including the brand-new Intel Northwood and AMD Athlon XP processors.
    • Helps students rapidly get up to speed with the latest PC technologies, as they understand how these enhancements fit into the evolving PC platform.

  • NEW - Updated CD-ROM with 90 minutes of Windows Media Player videos featuring Scott Mueller demonstrating PC repair and upgrades, plus PDFs of the student workbook, the entire 14th Retail Edition, book vendor contacts, help files, and hundreds of pages of additional technical reference material.
    • Gives students a single resource for understanding virtually all contemporary PC hardware concepts and repair/upgrade techniques.

  • NEW - Updated Student Workbook CD-ROM with up-to-date chapter summaries, practice exercises, and study questions.
    • Gives students comprehensive tools for hands-on practice and review, helping them ensure that they understand the material.

  • NEW - Updated Instructor's Manual CD-ROM available with revised sample syllabus, new and improved PowerPoint slides, complete lesson plans, and student workbook answers.
    • Gives students the benefit of expert pedagogy organized into comprehensive, carefully designed course materials.

  • NEW - Updated companion Web site (www.upgradingandrepairingpcs.com) with bonus video, technology updates, and FAQs.
    • Gives students a complete source for new information and updates published in the coming months and years.

  • Distilled, focused coverage—Condenses content from Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 14th Retail Edition to focus on the PC hardware topics professors typically wish to cover.
    • Enables students to focus on the most crucial topics, concepts, and repair techniques.

  • Thorough, expert coverage—Covers motherboards, processors, memory, BIOSes, video, audio, storage, interfaces, buses, power supplies, cases, and much more.
    • Gives students complete information on all core PC components.

  • Clear chapter objectives—Provides detailed objectives at the beginning of every chapter.
    • Ensure that students know exactly what concepts they will be learning.

  • Extensive troubleshooting index on CD-ROM—Contains troubleshooting index pointing to solutions for over 250 common PC hardware problems.
    • Helps students rapidly solve the problems they are most likely to encounter.

  • By Scott Mueller, the industrys most trusted, authoritative voice on hardware repair and maintenance—Authored by a leading expert who has helped millions of students and professionals master PC maintenance and repair regardless of their previous experience.
    • Gives students confidence that they are receiving information that is thorough, accurate, and clear, and reflects the challenges they will actually face.


  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 1128
  • Edition: 14th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-2927-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-2927-9

In Upgrading & Repairing PCS, 14th Academic Edition, leading PC hardware expert Scott Mueller offers a complete and authoritative guide to the core topics at the heart of virtually every course in PC hardware, maintenance, and repair. Condensed and distilled from Mueller's world-renowned Upgrading & Repairing PCS, 14th Retail Edition, this book contains focused coverage of every significant PC component: processors, motherboards, memory, the BIOS, interfaces, drives, removable and optical storage, video and audio hardware, and much more. Its accompanying CD-ROM contains 90 minutes of Windows Media Player videos featuring Scott Mueller demonstrating PC repair and upgrades, as well as PDFs of the complete student workbook, the entire 14th Retail Edition, vendor contacts, help files, and hundreds of pages of additional technical reference material. The student workbook provided on CD-ROM includes updated chapter summaries, practice exercises, and study questions designed to help students ensure they fully understand the material. Also available: an updated Instructor's Manual CD-ROM with thoroughly revised sample syllabus, improved PowerPoint slides, complete lesson plans, and student workbook answers.

Sample Content

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Power Supply and Chassis/Case

Table of Contents



 1. Personal Computer Background.
 2. PC Components, Features, and System Design.
 3. Power Supplies and Chassis/Case.


 4. Motherboards and Buses.


 5. Microprocessor Types, Specifications, and Heat Sinks.


 6. Memory.
 7. BIOS.


 8. Video Hardware.
 9. Audio Hardware.


10. Floppy Disk Storage.
11. Hard Disk Storage.
12. Optical Storage.


13. IDE Interface.
14. The SCSI Interface.
15. I/O Interface and Input Devices.


16. Building and Upgrading Systems.
17. Physical Drive Installation and Configuration.
18. PC Diagnostics, Testing, and Maintenance.


19. Course Review.


Appendix A. Glossary.
Appendix B. Key Vendor Contact Information.
Appendix C. Student Workbook.
List of Acronyms.


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